RO-MAN 2017 Conference
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Competition/Challenge , Conference/Workshop
The 26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2017, will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from August 28 to September 1, 2017. This symposium is a leading forum where state-of-the-art innovative results, the latest developments as well as future perspectives relating to robot and human interactive communication are presented and discussed.

At the conference, a ERL (European Robotics League) Service Robots (ERL-­SR) challenge will take place that aims at bringing together the benefits of scientific benchmarking with the attraction of robot competitions in the realm of domestic service robotics, where robots interact with humans to help them in the domestic chores. Thus, RO-MAN 2017 being hosted by Lisbon, where one of the ERL-SR test beds is located, was an unique opportunity to hold a ERL-SR Major Tournament co-located with the conference, simultaneously making it the conference Competitions Track.

At the RO-MAN 2017, the information about the ERL-SR competitions will be regularly updated at . On 31 August afternoon, a tour to visit IST Robotics Labs and see the finals of the competitions will be organised. On 1 September, one of the Workshops will focus on robot competitions.

Pestana Palace Hotel
Rua Jau 54
1300-314 Lisboa
ERL Emergency Robots 2017 Tournament
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ERL Emergency Robots is a civilian, outdoor robotics competition, with a focus on realistic, multi-domain emergency response scenarios. Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident, the ERL Emergency Grand Challenge can only be overcome when land, underwater and flying robots successfully cooperate.

The competition itself sees International teams of various disciplines and organisations surveying the scene, collecting data, searching for missing workers and identifying critical hazards, all in a race against the clock. After three successful years under the name of ‘euRathlon’ (, the latest iteration of the competition takes a step forwards as part of the European Robotics League (ERL), a novel model for competitions funded by the European Commission.

To provide teams with realistic challenges that test their robots’ abilities to face real-world situations, the ERL Emergency scenarios have been carefully designed by the project partners and reviewed by an advisory board of experts in field robotics. All the experts have contributed with ideas based on their experience in robotics competitions and in the nuclear and disaster-response sectors.